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We all need meaningful social connections and a secure sense of belonging. But sometimes, natural or social forces separate us from loved ones and even ourselves. Children who were relinquished by their families and later adopted navigate a particularly challenging set of issues related to finding authentic individual and social identities. Michael and Jack invite other adoptees and allies to discuss issues of self, family and society from the adoptee perspective. #adoptee #adoption #adoptee ...
 
Olivia Wilder Times™ features celebrity and other unique guest interviews that are informal and conversational. The over 600 guests have included TV/FILM: Linda Evans, Beau Bridges, Andie MacDowell, La Toya Jackson, Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Richard Thomas, Billy Zane, Gilles Marini, Robert Townsend, Joanna Cassidy, Melora Hardin, Debi Mazar ; Justin Kirk, Clark Gregg, Tom Conti, Henry Goodman, Cung Le; Justin Chon and Solomon Trimble (Twilight); RuPaul, Josie Bissett, COMEDY: Dane Cook, Gre ...
 
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Jack and I recorded this episode with adoptee activist Pamela Karanova back in early 2022. Pamela is a fearless and talented writer and Founder of both Adoptees Connect and Authenticity Over Alcohol. Since the time of our conversation, Pamela lost her birth father, so we added a brief condolence to the beginning of the recording. Stepping away from…
 
Michael and Jack interview filmaker Rebecca Atumn Sansom about her documentary feature film Reckoning with the Primal Wound - December 23, 2021. Show notes forthcoming. See the film's webpage: reckoningwiththeprimalwound.com Leave a message for the show! https://anchor.fm/michael-rocco-author/message #adoptee #adopted #adoption #ptsd #cptsd #childh…
 
OBI is back with the second installment of the three part episode focusing on Michael Rocco's story. The story is set withing the adage "What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michael-rocco-author/message
 
This time, Dr. Jack Rocco takes control of the OBI mic in order to subject me to merciless interrogation. The adage, "What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You" is rendered ironic in light of my deathbed epiphany that I had been traumatized by abandonment grief and a lifetime of racism. There will be three installments to this episode. Music by David Russ…
 
This time Jack and I welcome Dr. E. Kay Trimberger, Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University and author of Creole Son: An Adoptive Mother Untangles Nature and Nurture, published by LSU Press 2020. The guiding adage for this episode is “The Apple Doesn’t fall far from the Tree.” Kay’s memoir recounts transracial ado…
 
This time, Jack and I are joined by Sergeant Brad Ewell, a Texas bomb squad law enforcement officer, late discovery adoptee, husband, and father of three. Brad situates his story within a quote by the French writer Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” We unravel the relevance…
 
Michael Rocco is joined by Co-Host Dr. Jack Rocco (not related) in OBI's premier episode. Jack is a Baby Scoop Era adoptee who strongly identified with his Italian-American, Democrat, Catholic, Yankees fan, blue-collar upbringing in Erie, Pennsylvania. But, well into adulthood, Jack's ethnic/racial identity was challenged when he learned about his …
 
To leave a voice message for the show: https://anchor.fm/michael-rocco-author/message - Please like and subscribe! Our guest is Barbara Sumner, filmmaker, journalist and author of the memoir Tree of Strangers (Massey University Press, 2020). Barbara situates part of her adoption story within the adage “Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles yo…
 
Each episode of Our Best Interests is guided by an adage. Adages are little bits of folk wisdom that can apply to a variety of situations. In this series, they will be used to shed light on life lessons learned by adoptees by situating our experiences within greater "truths" about humanity. The goal is to help the listener connect the adoptee exper…
 
Ben Gleib has long been a favorite guest of Olivia Wilder, and this will be his seventh visit. He's here to talk about his new first ever hour-long standup comedy special, premiering on Showtime on June 3 at 10 PM. Years ago, Esquire called Ben Gleib one of 6 comedians who could be "comedy's next big thing." The other 5 were Aziz Ansari, Patton Osw…
 
*ONE LIVE LISTENER WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE COPY OF GREG'S NEW BOOK: "THE SMARTEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!" Listen live for details. Hard to believe, but this marks comic genius' Greg Proops 10th visit to Olivia Wilder Times. My favorite-ever guest returns to talk about his Proopcasts, VODcasts, his busy, busy, schedule traveling all over the wo…
 
Welcoming back Ben Gleib, a standup comedian, actor, and host of the TV show "Idiotest," on GSN. He was a round table regular on "Chelsea Lately," on E! throughout its run, appearing on over 100 episodes, as well as a guest star on "After Lately." Esquire magazine named him one o "Six comedians who could be comedy's next big thing." He is the voice…
 
Hugh Acheson is the author of the James Beard Foundation Award-Winning Cookbook "A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen," "Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks," and his new book, "The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits." He is a chef/partner of the Athens,…
 
Sean Kanan stars on "The Bold and the Beautiful," the number one syndicated show in daytime in 120 countries. He plays the deviously sexy Deacon Sharpe, a role that he made famous also on the sister show, "The Young and the Restless." Recently he starred in "My Trip to the Darkside" and subsequent sequel, "My Trip Back to the Darkside." Early in hi…
 
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